Your hands feel so small inside my hands,
As I pull you fast past me, the gravity holding me true,
As we spin together, the sun in our eyes, shadows chasing light,
Underneath the crown of trees high above us.
Autumn has found us, the leaves rimmed in red,
And the rivers run past, imaginary, as we run toward the horizon,
And you turn to me, “Stop,” you motioned me to a moment still,
Upon the field of light-rimmed fluffy flowers about to die all around us.
My beloved, he stands with us, yet so far in his thoughts, as he drink deeply
Of us, into his soul, “Forever,” he acknowledged of his love for us,
Of our future are yet to be drawn from the glimmer of dancing motes cast
Away upon the gentlest breath of wind kissing us.
I look down at your face, upon your eyes so blue,
While I sing to you, soundlessly and full of marvel that could only last
While we walk this earth, our hands within our hands together into
An eternity made flesh, as you grow older, and I bend under the weight of time.
I know it is just a dream, but I also know this to be real,
For I have you holding fast onto me, a child of my womb and love,
For all that I believe in, you are my daughter, the one I wish ferociously for,
Now that I have you inside the cradle of my hands, I hold tight onto you.
Winter is coming, and soon we will celebrate your day of birth,
Through which I found madness about to calm down, liberated
Through love that stands strong, full of power and wonder,
In spite of all that have come to pass, you are my north star, my compass, holding me true to my destiny.
You are my faith. You are my love. You are my everything,
my daughter Lucrezia,
My golden child, made gold by the sun
that burns deep within you, brightening
Everything all around you into supernova
that burns into the dark, burning away
All the badness away, burning away all the shadows,
until you go incandescent,
Shining like a star in the sea of darkness,
now aglow with possibilities,
Just like that moment you were born,
baptizing me with the blood of your birth,
You marked me yours, made me all reborn
as your mother for time beyond endless.
-Charlene Kuyrkendall, 14 October 2013